Killer Nuns (or the Daughters of Death): Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I was poised to love Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. One of the blurbs on the back said feminists will love it. It’s about a daughter born to Death trained to be an assassin by a convent of 15th century nuns. Cool concept. Plus, I’d heard Ismae was as kick ass as Katsa from Graceling… Continue reading Killer Nuns (or the Daughters of Death): Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Falling into Fantasy: Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I’ve been getting into YA fantasy lately: these are two of my new favorites! Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to… Continue reading Falling into Fantasy: Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

A Summer of Vampires

I love vampire stories. Since I first watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’ve been fascinated by these creatures and their potential to delve into the darker elements of human nature.  Modern vampires stories provide the perfect venue to create allegories that explore sex and death. I can’t get enough of quality vampire fiction. Luckily, to sate my appetite, my three… Continue reading A Summer of Vampires